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About School of Rock Somerville

Welcome to School of Rock Somerville, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Somerville has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Somerville, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Somerville together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Somerville today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Somerville
1 West Main StreetSomerville, NJ 08876
(908) 231-8300

Hours of Operation

MondayClosed
Tuesday - Thursday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Somerville, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Somerville students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Somerville’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Somerville’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Somerville, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Somerville’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Somerville’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Somerville’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Somerville, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Somerville, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Somerville works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Somerville’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Somerville’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Somerville’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Somerville, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Somerville enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Somerville’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Somerville, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Somerville students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits...
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At School of Rock Somerville, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Somerville students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Somerville’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Jack Frost
      Music Director - Teacher - Mentor
      Jack Frost is the guitarist/founder of the heavy metal band Seven Witches and also a part of The Bronx Casket Company . Frost is also known for playing guitar on Savatage 's tour in support of Poe...
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      Jack Frost is the guitarist/founder of the heavy metal band Seven Witches and also a part of The Bronx Casket Company . Frost is also known for playing guitar on Savatage 's tour in support of Poets and Madmen in 2001 and 2002. He is currently touring in former Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna 's backing band. Jack also currently host's the annual ronny dude class at Brookdale College. He also played in a New Jersey based cover band called Dieselwhich features Taz Marazz of Seven Witches, Mike Lepond of Symphony X on bass and Jim Pepe on lead vocals. Jack has been inspiring students at Tenafly and Somerville SORs for years and has directed very high energy shows for his students.
      He is not only a mentor to his students and is responsible for ROCK 101, House Band and Rookies on the Road.
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    • James Applegate
      Teacher - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
      James Applegate began teaching drums in 2006 as a hobby, but over the years it has evolved into his full-time passion. With a constant fire within to educate others, James has seen positive respon...
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      James Applegate began teaching drums in 2006 as a hobby, but over the years it has evolved into his full-time passion. With a constant fire within to educate others, James has seen positive responses to his teaching techniques in all kinds of players, from young children to high school students.
      He received his first drum lesson in 1999, with a focus on classic rock and blues playing. As the years went on he added a variety of styles to his repertoire, including Funk, Jazz, Metal, Hip Hop, and Fusion. He has played the previous styles on multiple tours all over the country. In 2012 he enrolled at Berklee College of Music in order to take his ability to the next level.
      James gave his first Drum Clinic in 2014 on the subject of Double Bass Drum Technique in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon graduating in the spring of 2015 James relocated back into New Jersey with the intention of sharing his experiences through music education. James believes that the best way to build a house is with a strong foundation, and believes the fundamentals of music are no different. By combining years of experience with an open mind of countless musical styles, he manages to present complex ideas in a straight forward and easy to understand way. He is proud to endorse SJC Drums and Axis Percussion.
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      • Berklee College of Music
      • Drums, Vocals, Guitar
    • Hank Rosenthal
      Keyboard Instructor
      Hank is a classically trained pianist who plays jazz, rock and hip hop. He has studied piano since age 4 and currently studies with jazz pianist Zen Zadravec. He went to the St Thomas Choir School ...
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      Hank is a classically trained pianist who plays jazz, rock and hip hop. He has studied piano since age 4 and currently studies with jazz pianist Zen Zadravec. He went to the St Thomas Choir School in New York, NY from 1999 to 2005 and sang as a boy soprano with the choir of man and boys at St.Thomas Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Hank sings, writes songs and performs on a regular basis with local rock and jazz groups.
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    • Charlie Corletta
      Teacher -Drums
      Charlie is a professional performance/session drummer. His influences are Buddy Rich, Benny Greb, John Karel, John Bonham. He has studied and learned his discipline of drums and percussion under th...
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      Charlie is a professional performance/session drummer. His influences are Buddy Rich, Benny Greb, John Karel, John Bonham. He has studied and learned his discipline of drums and percussion under the professional eyes and ears of Paul Beatie, Bobby Deitch and John Hvasta. First picking up the sticks in elementary schools her he learned the basic fundamentals of percussion in concert band, marching band and district orchestra. Charlie got his professional start playing drums live at the age of 16 when his band opened for the iconic Swedish heavy metal Legends in Flames, this show set the tone for what would be Charlie's dream and passion. Touring and playing countless live shows as both a regional and national act became a constant in Corletta's life. Opening for his favorite bands and performing as a headliner himself, Charlie has experienced so many phenomenal musical and performance moments. Performing in front of crowds as small as fifteen people to as large as ten thousand, no gig has ever been too small or too large for the New York Native. Since and during that time Charlie has recorded drums and released four commercially accepted albums, appeared on numerous singles as session drummer, had regular air play on Sirius XM Liquid Metal as well as FM radio and for a short time stepped away from the drums when he became lead singer for New Jersey based extreme metal act Julius Seizure. Although drums have always been Charlie's main discipline, he is also an accomplished singer, song writer and guitarist. In 2012 Corletta was given the chance to write and publish the theme song "The Ride Of a Your Life" for History Chanel's "We're The Fugawis" television show. On this song Charlie showcased his ability to write, and perform all instruments when he recorded drums, guitar, bass, and vocals for the song. That talented has also been displayed in Charlie's heavy metal solo project The Silencer, where he writes and performs all material and all instruments on record. When Charlie isn't performing with his bands, teaching, or recording you can usually find him down in Nyack, NY on the Hudson River jamming out on open jam nights with some of the areas most sought after, top Notch'd musicians at Olives, or Casa Del Sol. "My mission is to give my students not just an education in drums but the insight, intuition, and inspiration they need to be the most confident and comfortable players to ever sit behind a drum set. I want them to know just how fun and life changing the world of drums can be when they have the ability to be the keepers of time and rhythm," said Corletta. Other qualifications: ASCAP Member Songwriter/Publisher Owner and Operator of independent DIY record label and PR Company Fallen Music Inc. Bachelors Degree in Public Relations/Journalism from SUNY New Paltz
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    • Paul Nagy
      Guitar Instructor
      Paul Nagy is a veteran of the Central New Jersey music scene. He is a recognized guitarist, bassist and instructor whose genres include blues, rock and jazz fusion. His early influences include Ei8...
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      Paul Nagy is a veteran of the Central New Jersey music scene. He is a recognized guitarist, bassist and instructor whose genres include blues, rock and jazz fusion. His early influences include Ei8c Calpton, Peter Green, Jeff Beck and the 'three Kings' of the blues (BB, Albert and Freddie King). Paul studied with both jazz masters Harry Leahey and the legendary Bernard Brausewetter. Their styles are permanently imbedded in Paul's playing even though he has forged a sound throughout the years that is uniquely his own. Paul has been a member of a number of rock, hard rock and 70's style bands including Spectrum, Bandit. He toured many years and left to concentrate on teaching music to the up and coming musicians. Many whom have gone onto forge careers in the music industry. He is a sought after bass guitar player and can be seen sitting in with a variety of area bands.
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    • Megan Fernandez
      Vocal Instructor
      Megan is currently a rising junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick studying to receive a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education and Performance, with a minor i...
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      Megan is currently a rising junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick studying to receive a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education and Performance, with a minor in Psychology. At Mason Gross, she participates in two choirs--Voorhees Choir, which she is the current Vice President of, and Kirkpatrick Choir, the most advanced and prestigious choir at Rutgers. Through school, she has performed at some amazing venues, including the State Theatre in New Brunswick as well as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. In addition, Kirkpatrick Choir was chosen to sing one of the most challenging choral pieces in history--"Friede Auf Erden, Op. 13" written by Schoenberg--at the 2016 ACDA national conference in Boston, Massachusetts next spring. By singing professionally in churches, school and extracurricular (a cappella) choirs, rock bands and my own acoustic duo, she has gained a lot of experience to compliment efficient teaching methods. Performing at many venues, including Highline Ballroom in NYC, Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ, Dragonfly Café and Division Street in Somerville, NJ, Harley Davidson in Pennsylvania, Balloon Fest in NJ, Scotty's Pub and restaurant in Springfield, NJ, storefronts throughout downtown Flemington, NJ, and Lyons Veteran Hospital, has given me the opportunity to improve on vocal performance as well as showmanship. She is very passionate about the voice and the genuine musicianship of an artist. Megan loves to help others and would not only love to be a student's voice teacher, but someone they could also look up to as a role model and someone they could talk to you. She intends to utilize her own experiences as much as possible to benefit my students and to help shape their voices into the best they can be."
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    • Jason Koniecko
      Teacher - Guitar
      Jason has been studying and playing guitar for almost 20 years and has been teaching for the last 9. Playing in bands since he was 15 he's touched most forms of rock, from indie to metal and is sti...
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      Jason has been studying and playing guitar for almost 20 years and has been teaching for the last 9. Playing in bands since he was 15 he's touched most forms of rock, from indie to metal and is still plenty active with his current band of 4 years. Since picking up the guitar, Jason's never been withoutan instructor and is eager to pass on anyand all knowledge he's gained to his students whether it's techniques he learned years ago right up to new tricks he picked up last week.Kids of all ages as well as adults,if the willingness to learn is there, Jason will get you where you want to go
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News

    • School of Rock Somerville supports Bonnie Brae

      School of Rock Somerville are delighted to be performing at this event which raises money and awareness for Bonnie Brae. Bonnie Brae – an extraordinary school, a home and a safe haven for boys a...
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      School of Rock Somerville are delighted to be performing at this event which raises money and awareness for Bonnie Brae.
      Bonnie Brae – an extraordinary school, a home and a safe haven for boys and young men in crisis, ages 8-21. They are a fully accredited and nationally recognized Residential Treatment Center, a safe haven for boys to heal, to learn and to grow. Since 1916, when Bonnie Brae was founded by Judge Harry Osborne, they have helped over 9,700 boys at risk. Today they serve nearly 100 boys at their main campus situated on 100 beautiful acres in Bernards Township and 20 young men at their transitional living homes in New Brunswick, Bound Brook and Bridgewater. For nearly 100 years, when all other resources have failed, they have been a safe haven for boys-in-crisis.

      The Place
      The Stangl Stage
      50 Stangl Rd
      Flemington, NJ 08822

      Donation
      $10/person
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    • School of Rock welcomes Charlie Corletta

      School of Rock is pleased to have Charlie Corletta join their Faculty! Charlie is a professional performance/session drummer. His influences are Buddy Rich, Benny Greb, John Karel, John Bonham. He ...
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      School of Rock is pleased to have Charlie Corletta join their Faculty! Charlie is a professional performance/session drummer. His influences are Buddy Rich, Benny Greb, John Karel, John Bonham. He has studied and learned his discipline of drums and percussion under the professional eyes and ears of Paul Beatie, Bobby Deitch and John Hvasta. First picking up the sticks in elementary schools her he learned the basic fundamentals of percussion in concert band, marching band and district orchestra. Charlie got his professional start playing drums live at the age of 16 when his band opened for the iconic Swedish heavy metal Legends in Flames, this show set the tone for what would be Charlie's dream and passion. Touring and playing countless live shows as both a regional and national act became a constant in Corletta's life. Opening for his favorite bands and performing as a headliner himself, Charlie has experienced so many phenomenal musical and performance moments. Performing in front of crowds as small as fifteen people to as large as ten thousand, no gig has ever been too small or too large for the New York Native. Since and during that time Charlie has recorded drums and released four commercially accepted albums, appeared on numerous singles as session drummer, had regular air play on Sirius XM Liquid Metal as well as FM radio and for a short time stepped away from the drums when he became lead singer for New Jersey based extreme metal act Julius Seizure. Although drums have always been Charlie's main discipline, he is also an accomplished singer, song writer and guitarist. In 2012 Corletta was given the chance to write and publish the theme song "The Ride Of a Your Life" for History Chanel's "We're The Fugawis" television show. On this song Charlie showcased his ability to write, and perform all instruments when he recorded drums, guitar, bass, and vocals for the song. That talented has also been displayed in Charlie's heavy metal solo project The Silencer, where he writes and performs all material and all instruments on record. When Charlie isn't performing with his bands, teaching, or recording you can usually find him down in Nyack, NY on the Hudson River jamming out on open jam nights with some of the areas most sought after, top Notch'd musicians at Olives, or Casa Del Sol. "My mission is to give my students not just an education in drums but the insight, intuition, and inspiration they need to be the most confident and comfortable players to ever sit behind a drum set. I want them to know just how fun and life changing the world of drums can be when they have the ability to be the keepers of time and rhythm," said Corletta. Other qualifications: ASCAP Member Songwriter/Publisher Owner and Operator of independent DIY record label and PR Company Fallen Music Inc. Bachelors Degree in Public Relations/Journalism from SUNY New Paltz
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    • Battle of the Bands

      School of Rock Somerville are honored to offer the prizes to the winners of this Battle of The Bands competition. Stonecrest Community Church will be holding a Battle of the Bands in conjunction wi...
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      School of Rock Somerville are honored to offer the prizes to the winners of this Battle of The Bands competition. Stonecrest Community Church will be holding a Battle of the Bands in conjunction with the non-profit organization Heart Support ( www.heartsupport.com ) on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 4:00pm-9:00pm . Th e purpose of th is event is to highlight the third largest cause of death among adolescents - suicide and provide options for hope. Our goal is for teens ( and their families ) who attend th is event to hear great music, listen to stories of hope and survival, and know where they or those close to them can turn for help. Our special guest speaker - Jake Luhrs , lead singer of t he popular band August Burns Red , will be speaking about how his music has been able to provide hope for teens struggling with abuse, depression and suicide. It is our desire that this event wil l have a positive impact on our high school community. In order for this event to reach its full potential, we are looking for the support of businesses such as yours. W e would greatly appreciate a donation to be used towards prizes for the winners of our Battle of the B ands contest , as well as anything we can use as door prizes for those in attendance . As a thank you for your support, your business's name will be included on a banner that will be prominently displayed on the stage during the event. Stonecrest Community Church is a 501-c3 tax exempt organization (EIN #22-1851453) , and we have worked alongside the Warren Township Youth Commission for several years in their attempts to serve the teens and their families in this area . If you have any questions, p lease contact Nithin Thompson, Director of Youth and Young A dult ministries at Stonecrest Community Church at Nithin@stonecrestchurch.com . Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
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    • School of Rock Somerville supporting Young Artists

      *Supporting Young Artists in New Jersey* Last year the School of Rock Somerville hosted an art exhibition for Young Artists in New Jersey, all part of the wonderful weekend in Somerville New Jersey...
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      *Supporting Young Artists in New Jersey* Last year the School of Rock Somerville hosted an art exhibition for Young Artists in New Jersey, all part of the wonderful weekend in Somerville New Jersey called *ARTS ON DIVISION STREET* Having seen some of the wonderful art being dropped off at the school I know we are in for a treat this year. The artists are as young as 4 and the depth of their work is seen not only in their art but the way they present themselves when asked about the art. Come and show your support. So please visit the school. ART EXHIBITION HOURS: Friday June 19th: 5.00 - 8.00 Saturday June 20th: 12.00-5.00 Sunday June 21st: 12.00-5.00 While visiting sign up for a *Free Trial Lesson* and also receive 20% of any program.
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA